By the end of 2013, consumer cloud services for accessing content will be integrated into 90% of all connected consumer devices, according to technology research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. At a briefing for technology industry executives in Singapore last week, Gartner managing vice president Andrew Johnson said that the emergence of personal clouds reflects the “4S experience”, consumers’ desire to store, synch, stream, and share their content on regardless of device or platform seamlessly. “The shift to the personal cloud will accelerate rapidly in 2012 as consumers learn how to use new services on their devices,” said Johnson. “As cloud services become part of people’s lives, device vendors and platform providers must integrate cloud services in order to win customers in 2012 or risk being displaces by those that offer these services. Brands must stretch across multiple devices, platforms and services.” Gartner estimates that consumers will spend approximately $2.2 trillion on digital technology products and services in 2012, or about 10% of the average disposable household income. By 2015, consumers will spend some $2.8 trillion worldwide on connected devices, the services that run them and content that is transferred through them.
(Contact: Susan Moore, Gartner, +61 2 9459 4692, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The worldwide Big Data technology and services market is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion in 2015, according to a new report from International Data Corp. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40% or about seven times that of the overall information and communications technology (ICT) market. While the five-year CAGR for the worldwide market is expected to be nearly 40%, the growth of individual segments varies from 27.3% for servers and 34.2% for software to 61.4% for storage.
The growth in appliances, Cloud, and outsourcing deals for Big Data technology will likely mean that over time end users will pay increasingly less attention to technology capabilities and will focus instead on the business value arguments. System performance, availability, security, and manageability will all matter greatly. However, how they are achieved will be less of a point for differentiation among vendors.
The report also addressed the fact that there is a current shortage of trained Big Data technology experts and analytics experts. This labor supply constraint will act as an inhibitor of adoption and use of Big Data technologies, and it will also encourage vendors to deliver Big Data technologies as cloud-based solutions.
(Contact: IDC, Dan Vesset, email@example.com, 508/935-4257).
Smartphones will drive $20 billion in aftermarket accessory revenues in 2012 -- more than half of the $36 billion that all aftermarket handset accessories will produce, ABI Research says.
By 2017, smartphone accessories will grow to $38 billion in revenues, while feature phone accessory revenues decline to $12 billion. “The increasing penetration of smartphones is driving a more ubiquitous digital consumer who expects the data capabilities of the smartphone to be available in any device with which the smartphone interacts,” says Michael Morgan, ABI’s senior analyst, mobile devices. Feature phone consumers will spend an average of $28.17 on accessories per device, while smartphone owners will spend $56.18 on accessories per device. The difference in spending is driven by a combination of consumers spending more per accessory and purchasing more accessories for smartphones as compared to feature phone owners.
(Contact: ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, 516/624-2500.)
E-health initiatives by European governments are driving the adoption of IT systems in the healthcare sector, a new Frost & Sullivan report says. One example is in Germany, where the introduction of health smart cards for every citizen has had an impact on the use of electronic patient records. There are signs of an increase in the need of hospitals to manage patient-related information and administrative tasks associated with billing and coordination with health insurance sickness funds. Such initiatives are expected to have a positive effect on the use of Internet and healthcare IT in the German healthcare sector. Meanwhile, many customers in Russia and South Africa are opting for services offered by the private sector. Private operators invest more in IT adoption than public companies, thereby increasing the potential of IT adoption in the healthcare sector in countries such as South Africa, Russia and Saudi Arabia. However, low acceptance level for healthcare IT solutions among healthcare providers in EMEA countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia and South Africa hampers the implementation and utilization rates of systems.
(Contact: Frost & Sullivan, Janique Morvan, +33 (0)1 42 81 20 37, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.frost.com).
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